Archives For MyBlogSpark to enter to win a $25 Kroger gift card? Want to help your child’s school?

Remember Box Tops? Over the years, I have had years where I clipped and saved and sent Box tops in…and other years where I did not even think about the tops. Apparently, some parents are better at clipping because Box Tops coupons have raised over $300 million for kids’ schools!

Right now, through March 18th, the Kroger Family of Stores is giving a chance to get some Bonus Box tops.

All you have to do is register at and select a few personalized offers that you would like to receive.

Oh—and these are not weird offers like magazines, but participating General Mills products, like cereal and yogurt.

Once you register, you receive 5 Bonus Box Tops for signing up!

The offers you select will then load onto your Kroger Shopper Card to be redeemed once you purchase the items. No clipping. The Bonus Box Tops will automatically go straight to your chosen school. (Now this, I can get done!) Just remember to scan your card when purchasing the participating items.

Go to the Reward your school website for more details of the offer.

Enter to win a $25 Kroger Family of Stores gift card that you can use to get a jumpstart on earning Bonus Box Tops for the school of your choice!

To enter, tell me if you are a good Box Top Clipper, and how the Box Tops for Education program has helped in your school!

For additional entries, you can:

  • subscribe to my RSS or google friend connect.
  • You can tweet this post (click on little icon under my post)
  • Blog or Facebook it!

Leave a comment for each type of additional entry you do! This giveaway will end 2/16 and I’ll notify the winner by email (so please leave me a way to contact you).

The Kroger Family of Stores Gift Card, information and giveaway were provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark!

And The Winners Are…

January 23, 2010

old_el_pasoThe winner if the Old El Paso “Tackle the Taste” Prize Pack is commentor #14 , Rhonda, who said “Hi, my favorite way to use green chiles is in a chili con queso dip I made! Yummo! Thanks for the chance!” Rhonda blogs over at Down Memory Lane.

I hope you enjoy the pack! Inside you’ll find: two free cans of Green Chiles, as well as a football-shaped ceramic serving platter, two sets of football-themed plates, cocktail napkins, and a themed table runner.

And, here’s a coupon for extra green chiles: to save $0.55 on one can of Old El Paso Green Chiles today!

image001Also, The Winner of The One Day Way Book is commentor #9, Jessica P, who is a mommy of three under three who blogs over at Life Unscripted. She may join our Fit Mommy meme–I hope so, Jessica!

Congratulations! And thank you to everyone who entered, I have several more giveaways coming up!

Winners, I have contacted you–Please send me your info within 48 hrs:)

Game Day Fun and Cooking

January 11, 2010

01-03-10_1753We have entered the season known around here as the Birthday season. Four of my children have birthdays coming up over the next few months. It is a nice break from the doldrums of Winter! Now that the children are growing up, it is fun to pair birthdays with other ongoing events that they enjoy. Each year we end up doing some Superbowl stuff in conjunction with Sports Boys birthday as the Superbowl usually falls right around his birthday!

With three boys and one Husband who likes sports, over the years I have:

  • Learned how to make nachos and wings.
  • Learned how to make things spicy!
  • Had a blast buying football and basketball themed platters and cups
  • Come up with some funny games for half-time
  • Sat in freezing weather to watch guys throw balls
  • Learned all about Basketball & Football scores and calls!

Anyway, I really do enjoy doing these things with my guys, and when I saw that Old El Paso was sponsoring “Tackle the Taste” gift packs, I signed up right away.  Like I said, I have learned spicy goes with Sports!

My pack included two free cans of Green Chiles, as well as a football-shaped ceramic serving platter, two sets of football-themed plates, cocktail napkins, and a themed table runner.

I was going to surprise the guys, and save everything for the big game day, but they opened the box up. Punks.



It worked out anyway, because I got a treat. My Chef Kid went ahead and made a recipe using one can of the green chiles this past weekend. He made the Seven Layer Bean Dip. I have made that dip before, but not with the chiles. I liked the kick the chiles gave the recipe, and the guys loved it.

You can win a “Tackle the Taste” prize pack for your Superbowl event!

Check out some fun recipes and resources for the Big Game and share how you could use Green Chiles to spice up your favorite recipes for a chance at winning the prize pack.

I will choose a winner on January 22nd, which should give you time to receive your prize to use it for the big game!

Here are some fun facts & recipes from Old El Paso:

61% of adults plan to watch the Big Game. Whether you’re planning a huge party or you’re just looking forward to kicking back at home with your friends and family, Old El Paso Green Chiles can help you spice up the festivities!


Fat-free and 10 calories per serving

Old El Paso Green Chiles, which come in 4.5 and 7 oz cans, are a simple way to liven up your go-to favorites. Fat-free and with only 10 calories per serving, Green Chiles are not spicy, but will add a unique flavor to your dishes that the whole crowd will love! According to the survey, Americans will be clamoring for these great game time dishes:

  • Chips and dip or salsa 67%
  • Wings 57%
  • Nachos 33%
  • Veggies and dip 29%
  • Chili 24%

Perfect for your dips and salsas, as well as your nachos and chili, Old El Paso Green Chiles can help you score a mealtime touchdown with your guests this year. For more ideas, check out these quick (with a prep time of less than 30 minutes each!) and delicious recipes that incorporate Old El Paso Green Chiles and will have your fans cheering for more!


Green Chile Dip

Green Chile Cornbread

Taco Nachos

Black Bean Dip

Slow Cooker Salsa Chili

Seven-Layer Bean Dip

Skillet Nacho Chili

Southwestern Dip

While you are waiting to see if you have won, use this coupon to score some green chiles: to save $0.55 on one can of Old El Paso Green Chiles today!

Main entry: comment & share how you could use Green Chiles to spice up your favorite recipes for a chance at winning the prize pack.

For extra entries:

  • follow my RSS or Google Friend Connect.
  • Tweet or blog about this giveaway

Leave a comment for each of your entries. Good Luck!

I will choose a winner 1/22, and email them. Please respond with your shipping information within 48 hours or I would need to choose another winner!

Thanks to Old El Paso who provided me with free product, information, and gift pack through MyBlogSpark!

Breakfast, Books & Book Shopping...My favorites!

Breakfast, Books & Book Shopping...My favorites!

Cheerios® , First Book and John Scieszka, are teaming up with a 100,000 Book Giveaway. Vote in support of their efforts and comment below to win your Cheerios Book Gift Pack!
Well, it is no secret that we love books around here. I suppose my kids have at least a hundred lying around throughout the house. I do try to share them and recycle them. I never really thought the piles of books might be evidence of how lucky we are monetarily.
Apparently, we are very lucky. Look at these statistics:

  • Over 80 percent of childcare centers serving low-income children lack age-appropriate books
  • The ratio of books per child in middle income neighborhoods is 13 to 1
  • In low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children

Wow. I consider myself a somewhat aware person, but 300 to 1? I would not have guessed that.
Well, the Cheerios family of cereals, First Book and Jon Scieszka, author of the popular “Trucktown” series and other children’s books, have joined together to deliver 100,000 books to community-based programs serving children in need – and they would love your help!

All you have to do is go online with your child and test your combined knowledge of children’s books by answering trivia questions related to “Trucktown” and other great children’s books.

Answer some questions like these

Answer some questions like these

For every trivia question answered correctly, you can cast one vote for the state you would like to receive books. The five states receiving the most votes will get 20,000 books each, for a total of 100,000 books.

Visit to test your knowledge and start voting!

I played the game and realized I need my little nephew to help answer the Truck questions…but it was fun. My state, Virginia is number 20, so I need to go vote more.

Learn More About the Book Giveaway.

Click here to view state rankings.

We also received a 100,000 Book Giveaway Package.
The kids had so much fun getting the pack. They tried to tear into the giant box of Frosted Cheerios (I made them wait until morning) and all read the little gift books which were included. That was funny, as the books are for younger readers…but they were also in both English/ Spanish, so my three teenagers were testing out their Spanish reading the books.

I quietly snuck out the Barnes & Noble gift card, which I will use at Christmas. Actually, that 1 in 300 number bothers me a bunch and I just may buy some books on sale and drop them off at a local shelter.
Enter to win a 100,000 Book Giveaway Gift Pack for your little readers! The gift pack includes an assortment of books from Cheerios, one of the many varieties of Cheerios cereals and a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble.

Required Entry: Leave a comment telling me  “Why your State should receive 20,000 books ”

(Please include your email address unless it is in your profile or you will not be eligible to win.)

Optional additional entries: Do leave separate comments for each entry!

  • Follow me on Google friend connect
  • Subscribe to my RSS
  • Tweet the giveaway- may be done once daily – 1 entry each time u tweet
  • Add my blog url to your blog roll, 2 entries
  • Add my button to your blog, 2 entries
  • Blog about the giveaway –3 entries!

One lucky winner will be randomly selected on Tuesday night, December 15th. I will email the winner, and they will have 48 hrs to respond, or I will need to choose a new winner.

Thank you to Cheerios, who provided me with the free product, information, and gift pack through MyBlogSpark™

Simple Joys Prize Pack Winner

November 21, 2009

Congratulations to Kimberly L! You are the winner:) Hope the kids enjoy this.

Thanks to everyone for playing!!